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Call to Backward Classes

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Backward Classes' Welfare Association on Wednesday called upon Backward Classes candidates who failed to get ticket for the coming elections to resign from the Telugu Desam, the Congress and the TRS so that the organisation could take up a `fight for their self-respect.'

R. Krishnaiah, president, in a statement issued here hailed the decision of P. Shiv Shanker and K. Keshav Rao to resign from the Congress and those of the TDP to quit their posts. He criticised the three parties for not allotting ticket to Backward Classes and succumbing to pressure exerted by money power.

Award for music exponent

KURNOOL: Potti Sriramulu Telugu University and Sri Annamacharya Project of North America (SAPNA) will present the lifetime achievement award to the legendary vocalist and carnatic music exponent, Sripada Pinakapani, at a function here Thursday. The award will carry a purse containing Rs. 1 lakh and citation. Mr. Pinakapani, who retired as medical professor from Kurnool Medical College, excelled in the field of music and penned great works - `Manodharma Sangeetham', `Pallavi Ganasudha' and `Sangeetha Sourabham'. He received `Padmabhushan' and `Sangeetha kalanidhi' titles from the Government and Music Academy of Chennai.

Nagarjuna Express derails

GUNTUR: The Tenali-Secunderabad Nagarjuna Inter-City Express (7005) derailed at Bandarupalli, about 13 km from Guntur on Wednesday. However, there were no casualties. The cause of the accident that occurred at 2.35 p.m. is also not known immediately. Only wheels of the engine had gone off rails, according to the railway officials.

A relief train was rushed to the spot and the rakes were brought back to Guntur station from where it was diverted via Vijayawada. The Divisional Railway Manager, Prabhu Narayan Shukla, along with relief staff rushed to the spot.

Meanwhile, the track restoration work was being carried out. Some passenger and express trains coming from Chennai were running late.

Jakkampudi arrested

Rajahmundry: The district Congress committee president and former MLA, Jakkampudi Ramamohana Rao, was arrested by the Rajahmundry (rural) police in Kadiam on Wednesday. He was arrested in connection with a case of `assaulting a public servant while on duty.'

Cases were registered under Sections 341 and 353 (assaulting a public servant and criminal intimidation). The case was registered about two years ago, but, according to the police, the charge-sheet was framed in December last.

The case could be traced back to 2002 when Mr. Ramamohana Rao had a scuffle with an Assistant Engineer of Irrigation Department in connection with release of water. The official filed a complaint and a case was registered. Though a compromise was made, the case had not been closed. An arrest warrant had been pending against Mr. Ramamohana Rao. He was produced before the court of Second Judicial First Class Magistrate this evening and was sent to the Central jail here.

4 fatally run over by trucker

ELURU: Four persons, including a girl, were run over by a trailer carrying iron sheet rolls at Nallajarla in West Godavari district in the wee hours of Wednesday.

According to information reaching here, they were crushed to death while asleep as the vehicle, coming from Mumbai, rammed into their huts situated on the roadside.

The dead were identified as Chanda Lakshmi (30), his daughter, Lakshmi Prasanna (8), Gorrepati Sivamma (35) and Kancharla Vijaya (32). Jyoti, daughter of Vijaya, was critically injured in the accident. She was admitted to hospital.

Vijaya, a native of Lakkavaram, came to her relatives at Nallajarla a few days ago along with her daughter.

Ordinance on vote-on-account

Hyderabad: The Government on Wednesday promulgated an ordinance relating to the vote-on-account for the first four-months of 2004-05 with an outlay of Rs. 14,500 crores.

The Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala, signed the draft ordinance.

Police, naxals exchange fire at five places

VISAKHAPATNAM: The police and naxalites exchanged fire at five places in the agency area of the district on Wednesday. No casualties were reported and the combing operation had been stepped up in the areas.

The police found three SBBL weapons left by naxalites after the exchange of fire at Omvi village in Dumbriguda mandal. The first incident of exchange of fire was occurred at 9.30 a.m. near Gaderebba village in G.K. Veedhi mandal and it lasted for 30 minutes. This was followed by an exchange of fire at Omvi at 2 p.m. for 15 minutes.

Naxalites exchanged fire with the police for 30 minutes at Tunukuru in Koyyuru mandal from 2.40 p.m. before disappearing into the thick jungle. G.K. Veedhi mandal witnessed two more incidents at Jerrigondi and Ontamarri villages at 4 p.m. and 4.15 p.m. respectively. The first one lasted for half-an-hour and the second one went on for about 15 minutes.

Detonators seized

SRIKAKULAM: The police last night seized 180 electric detonators at the RTC Complex at Pathapatnam and arrested three persons. The three said that the detonators were being taken for quarrying in Orissa. The seizure was made by the Pathapatnam Inspector, K Rajendra, and the Pathapatnam and Hiramandalam Sub-Inspector, Kurma Rao and Paidappa Naidu, during a routine check. The arrested persons, carrying detonators in handbags, were waiting for a bus to Parlakimidi. The three arrested persons were: M. Manohar of Erode in Tamil Nadu, K. Narayana Murthy of Kottapalli in Kotabommali mandal and R. Endayya of Ramakrishnapuram in Saravakota mandal.

Isolated rain forecast

Hyderabad: There was rain at a number of places in the State on Wednesday under the impact of trough.

The highest rainfall of 5 cm for the day was recorded by Medchal. Hakimpet received 4 cm, Cuddapah, Hyderabad and Owk 3 cm each, Bhongir, Macherla and Sattenapalli 2 cm each and Adilabad, Kavali, Nuzvid, Cumbum, Ibrahimpatnam, Koilakuntla and Sringavarapukota 1 cm each.

The day temperature changed little in the State and Cuddapah accounted for the State's highest of 41 degree Celsius. The forecast for Thursday is isolated rain in coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema.

Old-age home inaugurated

TIRUPATI: Three former MPs of the district, N.P. Chengalroya Naidu, Ratakonda Narasimha Reddy and N.Venkataswamy, participated in the opening ceremony of a old-age home built by a noted Tirupati-based NGO-- Social Action for Integrated Development (SAID) at a cost of about Rs. 50 lakhs. The programme in fact became an occasion for the one-time stalwarts who dictated the political course of the district, not only to come out of their hibernation and but also to exchange reminiscences.

The secretary of the SAID, M.D. Narayana Naidu, formerly Chairperson of the A.P. State College Service Commission said the old-age home christened, `N.T.Rama Rao Vruddula Sevashramam' built on 25,000 sq ft site comprised in all fifty rooms 20 of which would be allotted 20 free of cost for the deserving.

Cash snatched

CHITTOOR: Unidentified persons snatched away Rs. 2 lakhs from Ganesh, of Kings Convent at the PCR circle on Wednesday.

Ganesh drew the amount in order to pay the salaries of the teachers from Indian Bank on Seshapiran street.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Muchap Rao, registered case. has alerted the police by registering a case.

Drinking water supply

CHITTOOR: All the 36 wards in Chittoor Municipality have been divided into 10 zones and each zone was entrusted to a senior officer to ensure uniform distribution of drinking water to the residents of all the wards, according to instructions issued by the district Collector, A. Giridhar.

Three held, daggers seized

Cuddapah: The Badvel police arrested three persons and seized eight daggers from them during a search conducted in Srinivasapuram near Badvel town on Wednesday.

The Badvel Circle Inspector, M. Ramakrishnaiah, the Rural SI, G. Sivanna, the Urban SI, Ravindranath Reddy, raided the area and arrested Subbarayudu, Anjaneyulu and Ramana and seized the daggers. A case was registered.

Ex-ZP chief quits TDP

NALGONDA. The Telugu Desam Party district unit's official spokesperson and former Zilla Parishad chairman, C.D. Ravukumar, tendered resigned on Wednesday to protest against the party high command decision not to consider his candidature for the Miryalaguda Assembly segment. According to information reaching here, he sent his resignation letter to the party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Wednesday. He unsuccessfully fought elections in 1983.

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